Obama Spoke with McChrystal Once in 70 Days

2009 September 28
by bc3b

This is certainly a unique interpetation of “wartime presidency.” What does it say about your Commander-in-Chief when he’s spoken with David Letterman more than his key guy in Afghanistan?

 The military general credited for capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq says he has only spoken to President Obama once since taking command of Afghanistan.

“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC ,” General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) termed it shocking that Obama has only spoken with McChrystal once,

The war in Afghanistan or Chicago Olympics – isn’t it wonderful to have a President who has his priorties straight?

Hat tip: Weekly Standard and Freedom’s Lighthouse

86 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 28 6:52 pm

    Not that I expect the president to be up his arse, but I find it odd that it’s only been once in 70 days, particularly in leading up to a report and official request and recommendation for additional resources.

  2. 2009 September 28 6:53 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    mmm mmm mmm

    Barack Hussien Odinga Mugabe.

  3. 2009 September 28 6:54 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I used to type that over on Poli to light up the trolls. Worked, too.

  4. 2009 September 28 6:58 pm

    # reposted from wrong thread below

    “What does it say about your Commander-in-Chief when he’s spoken with David Letterman more than his key guy in Afghanistan?”

    As amusing as that sounds I don’t know if that’s accurate, as they might have talked prior to his taking command no would that not tie him with Letterman?

  5. 2009 September 28 6:58 pm
    justrand permalink

    more disturbing than the lack of talking, is that McChrystal’s report on the current state of Afghanistan and recommedation on how to proceed sits INTENTIONALLY un-read (hell, INTENTIONALLY UNDELIVERED!)

    Obama refuses to even let it be delivered to him!

    McChrystal seems to have true grit…he’s gonna need it.

  6. 2009 September 28 6:58 pm

    How are things at Poli, not looked in recently.

  7. 2009 September 28 6:59 pm
    Tina permalink

    KH, it contast to former President Bush, who met with his General on Afhanistan once a week. But the liberals say he took his eye off of Afghanistan.

  8. 2009 September 28 7:02 pm
    Tina permalink

    In contrast- is what I meant.

    Also, spoke – not met.

  9. 2009 September 28 7:03 pm

    “Obama refuses to even let it be delivered to him!”

    Seriously? I had not heard that little detail , only that there was some engineered delay in it getting it officially send over, did the WH actually refuse to accept receipt of it?

  10. 2009 September 28 7:07 pm
    justrand permalink

    the White House has officially told Gates to NOT deliver it. They put some spin on it…but the bottom line is that once it crosses the WH threshold he has even LESS excuse to not read it. I’ll dig up the link

  11. 2009 September 28 7:09 pm

    Hey Tina!
    Yup, I know Bush used to meet with both Afgah and Iraqi commanders generally weekly via video conf, I mentioned that here this morning.

    But we gotta rush rush rush that stimulus, cap and trade, car bailouts, and health care power grab Tina … or else the terrorist will win…. or something. No time for those sandbox games, gotta get the Olympics to chicago now now now! 😉

  12. 2009 September 28 7:12 pm
    Tina permalink

    I heard it on Mark Levin’s show, but he had a fill in guest.

    Did he even bother to read the intelligence report?- not the report that was issued by the General.

  13. 2009 September 28 7:12 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    How are things at Poli, not looked in recently. — KH

    Well if you want a 1 word answer then — dwindling — seems to fit.

  14. 2009 September 28 7:12 pm

    “White House has officially told Gates to NOT deliver it.”
    Just dandy.

  15. 2009 September 28 7:13 pm
    Tina permalink

    How many times has he met with Ketterman in the last 70 days?

  16. 2009 September 28 7:13 pm
    justrand permalink

    hattip HotAir:
    The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has submitted a request for more troops, a spokesman said Saturday, but the Pentagon will hold it while President Barack Obama decides what strategy to pursue.
    General Stanley McChrystal hand delivered his long-awaited request to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, said spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Tadd Sholtis.
    “At the end of that meeting General McChrystal did provide a copy of the force requirements to Admiral Mullen on the U.S. side and Admiral Stavridis on the NATO side,” Sholtis said after McChrystal returned from the meeting at an air base in Germany. …
    The White House says it wants to review the entire strategy for the region before considering McChrystal’s request.
    Right now the focus is on the strategic assessment itself. It (the troop request) will be shelved until such time that the White House is ready,” a defense official said in Washington.

    The White House wants to “review the entire strategy” before reading the REPORT on what the facts on the ground are. HUH?? The request for more troops is in the CONCLUSION…how about reading everying thing up to that part??

    nope. facts would just get in the way

  17. 2009 September 28 7:13 pm
    Tina permalink

    He should just say that he loathes the military. He can definetly upstage Clintune.

  18. 2009 September 28 7:15 pm
    Tina permalink

    Ketterman = Letterman, I think I can not type tonite.

  19. 2009 September 28 7:15 pm

    OT{sorry) Get vaccinated or get fired. What’s next?

  20. 2009 September 28 7:17 pm

    Have another glass of wine, works for me. 🙂

    Oh nice, so he want’s to determine the strategy first, then read the report\request?
    That doesn’t exactly sound logical, unless he’s already decided to bail.

  21. 2009 September 28 7:20 pm

    I smell cut and run on the table, or more likely, total indecision in the WH and the inability to make a decision and take responsibility for the unknown outcome.


  22. 2009 September 28 7:28 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Here is a good ad from the RNC FINALLY attacking Obamacare for the taxes, fees, jail time, and Individual Mandates:


    As far as this with McCrystal goes, it just proves what a liar (ya, a shock – Obama and D lie) he and other D were for the past few years….

    This was supposed to be the “good” war….the one we HAD to fight…..and now he could give a crap less….

    All that so-called “principaled opposition” to the Iraq War and Bush was BS – it was that they were anti-Iraq War or even Anti-War period…..

    It was nothing more then a talking point campaign – they were ANTI-REPUBLICAN and ANTI-BUSH…..

    They just wanted power to cram their socialist utopia down our throats…..

    They didnt give a crap about Afganistan or fight terrorism, Al-Quida, the Taliban, or any threat….

    They care about cramming phoney HC down our necks so they can perpetuate their polical power so they can continue to impose the yoke of socialism on us……

    Basically, they will pull a Vietnam on the Afgans…..leaving them and Pakistani’s to die by the millions who supported us when the radical Taliban types take over both countries…..

    We wont have to worry about Iran’s Nukes – they will get a ready made one from Pakistan!

    Another story you here little about is how there has ALREADY been three islamic radical attacks/attempted seizures of Pakistani nuke facilities…….havent heard that in the MSM have you?

    As far as “supporting the troops” – that is the cruelest lie of all by the left…..

    The troops only matter when they are in a body count that can be exploited, when the have one out of 3 million become a hippy peacenik turncoat and flee to canada or run as a phoney blue dog for congress, or when they can be exploited as a “victim” of Bush simply for doing their job with honor as they volunteered to do!

    Since the military by and large dont support the left, they dont care and are more then glad to see the troops and their familes suffer in order to reduce a voting bloc….

    The left would be more then happy to let the U.S. Army bleed out ala Vietnam and return worn out, demoralized, and discredited…..that way they can continue to defund our defense for socialist redistribution schemes…..

    I know this may sound harsh, but they have more sympathy for an illegal who broke laws since they will be a solid voting bloc then they do for our military vets and soldiers….

    I guess the left can accuse me of being a “hater” because on this issue I am – they get people killed and make them suffer for crass political gain….

    So if there are “trolls” or KOS PLANTS on here please feel free to report me to WH.NARC.NEIGHBOR.GOV – I am mad as hell about this and I aint gonna take it no more lol!

  23. 2009 September 28 7:30 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Have another glass of wine, works for me.

    Sounds like you have reached “Baccus’ Plateau”….

    Another endless day
    Silhouettes of grey
    Another glass of wine
    Drink with eyes that shine
    To days without that chill at morning
    Nights time out of mind

    Draw another goblet
    From the cask of ’43
    Crimson misty memory
    Hazy glimpse of me
    Give me back my wonder
    I’ve something more to give
    I guess it doesn’t matter
    There’s not much more to live


    Another foggy dawn
    The mountain almost gone
    Another doubtful fear
    The road is not so clear
    My soul grows ever weary
    And the end is ever near

    Draw another goblet
    From the cask of ’43
    Crimson misty memory
    Hazy glimpse of me
    Give me back my wonder
    I’ve something more to give
    I guess it doesn’t matter
    There’s not much more to live


  24. 2009 September 28 7:30 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Oh, I have read McChrystal’s stategy – it is classic Pateraus counterinsurgency…..

    It absolutely WILL WORK and WE WILL WIN if its employed…..

    It isnt easy for sure – a multi-year commitment but it WILL WORK….

    So denying this request IS a surrender!

  25. 2009 September 28 7:37 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

  26. 2009 September 28 7:40 pm

    Actually for the most part I rarely drink wine, but I find the whiskey substitute works equally as well on a nightly basis. 🙂 Hey it was on doctor’s orders.

  27. 2009 September 28 7:43 pm
    justrand permalink

    British Columbia campground sign…read the whole thing


  28. 2009 September 28 7:45 pm

    “leaving them and Pakistani’s to die by the millions who supported us when the radical Taliban types take over both countries”

    Not to to nit pick much but for the most par the Paki’s are not helping us, in fact they are at times straight up helping out the taliban. If we do pull out we need to invite India to what is needed and “deal” with the Pakistani problem, course I don’t think the balls exist on either side to let that happen.

  29. 2009 September 28 7:45 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Last paragraph is the funny haha.

  30. 2009 September 28 7:45 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Screw Pakis

  31. 2009 September 28 7:47 pm

    justrand – Always on time with the comic relief.

    What’s more funny, that they describe a bear’s sh it or that they suggest some pepper spray might actually protect you? lol

  32. 2009 September 28 7:48 pm

    Agreed rwy.

  33. 2009 September 28 7:51 pm
    justrand permalink

    it’s funny…and in its own way a metaphor for Obama in the wilderness.

    Obama’s “bells” and “pepper spray” MAY deter countries like Denmark from attacking us…but the “grizzlies” like Russia?

  34. 2009 September 28 7:52 pm
    mulletover permalink

    I guess the Dallas / Carolina game is a ho-hummer.
    No comments yet.

  35. 2009 September 28 7:52 pm

    Reminds one of the Reagan wolf ad no?

  36. 2009 September 28 7:54 pm
    justrand permalink

    KnightHawk, I’d forgotten all about that…but yup, that’s the perfect match!!

  37. 2009 September 28 7:54 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #28 Knighthawk – you are correct. Many individual AND the Pakistani government ARE playing both sides…..

    This is because they are RATIONAL….

    They know that the U.S. is a historically unreliable ally in a situation like this….they read the books on Vietnam and know what happened to South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos….

    The U.S. left them high and dry…..sure, all three of the countries listed had individuals and even government officials supporting the other side…..but we had millions support us who were rounded up and “reeducated” or worse by the commies….or they had to flee their home country…..

    In Pakistan and Afganistan, there are millions in out of government who have openly supported us who stand to lose everything…..my point is, the left feels no moral obligation to those people but feel a “moral obligation” to provide free HC to illegals and other mooches!

    Same situation in Pakistan….they are Cambodia with nukes…..if we go, the situation will get ugly…..the Indian option, while interesting, I cant see happening – again, due to lack of guts like you say but also due to nukes on both sides….

    In any case, the main calculation for the left on Afganistan will be a political one – strategic considerations or moral obligations will be stirctly secondary

  38. 2009 September 28 7:59 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Also, right now if you were running another country which would you rather be?

    A U.S. Ally or Enemy?

    Right now, its obvious allies get dissed and punished & enemies appeased and rewarded!

    Again, Afganis, Pakis or Iraqi’s arent scum or ungrateful, evil etc….

    They are RATIONAL – they have to survive in their own neck of the wood and the U.S. is pretty much telling them in so many words – uh, screw you, were leaving….

    So they have to hedge bets….

    Maliki is doing that with Iran right now….

    Paki’s are doing that with the Taliban…..

    What the hell would you do in their position if Obama is your new best buddy?

  39. 2009 September 28 8:01 pm

    No they play both sides because they created the Taliban (AQ not so much), and want to keep them, and there fellow brothers around for use in combating India and yes as you mention when we leave a buffer against Iran on there west. I don’t know if I’d call them Cambodia with nukes but I see your point.

    Just saying a war even including a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan has some upsides for the US, assuming India won, which I don’t see how they could lose if they went all-in.

  40. 2009 September 28 8:02 pm
    justrand permalink

    spot on, Wylie E. Coyote…Afghanistan was a STAGE PROP for Obama to use during the campaign to somehow sound “FIRM” on foreign policy. The “good war”…the one Bush “took his eye off”!

    Now, of course, it gets in the way of his personal quest of “fundamentatlly transforming America”.

    And the brave men & women who have sacrificed, and ARE sacrificing? Barry could not care less!!

  41. 2009 September 28 8:05 pm

    So they have to hedge bets….
    Maliki is doing that with Iran right now…

    It’s hard to blame him for it, if you put yourself there.
    I’d like to play ImADinnerJacket right now, oh the fun this guy is having at our and others’ expense is almost amusing to watch if it were not so real.

  42. 2009 September 28 8:06 pm

    Come winter though I want to play Putin. 😉

    Cha$Ching! baby!

  43. 2009 September 28 8:09 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I cannot believe the Polanski thing. We are supposed to feel sorry for a child rapist who pled guilty?


  44. 2009 September 28 8:11 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    And he drugged her first. No way to claim heat of passion or any of that nonsense.

    In less developed societies, he’d have been hanged, and no one would have even cared.

    But we are supposed to feel sorry for him because he’s arrested?


  45. 2009 September 28 8:12 pm
    justrand permalink

    KnightHawk…just don’t play Lech Kaczynski. Poor Poland, a flat space, with no defensible borders, sitting between Germany and Russia over the centuries. Of course, WE’D never abandon them…

  46. 2009 September 28 8:13 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Knighthawk, as I understand the history of the Tailban is that they were a local Afgani movement that rose up as a reaction to the Warlord-driven chaos that happened after the Mujhadden movement splitered after victory over the soviets….

    The Tailban originated in the south of Afganisatan and sweep across the country and took over….

    Yes, I am sure the Pakis then coopt them to a large degree to maintain stability in Afganisatan when they were in power…..and today for the reasons you cite and to maitain control of their own homegrown tribals and islamic radicals….

    But again, for whatever purpose, the reason they maintain a degree of control and support is for Rational self-interst (I like to cite this as this is a Randinista site!)…..

    If were more reliable then they would have less interest in maintaining this….

    At some point, when its no longer in their self-interest or they become too large an internal threat, the govt of Pakistan will attempt to elimnate them…..

    I guess I dont disagree with you, I just dont condem the Paki’s morally for making a rational decsion….

  47. 2009 September 28 8:15 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    What makes no sense is Russia.

    If it appears that Israel may be going down (wont happen due to God) or that the Israel thinks they are going down – they will unload on the region as well as Russia. It is known as the Sampson Complex.

    Israel has enough nukes to make the region glow but they wont need them. It is getting time for God to show his power and glory. These people are pissing on the wrong people (Jews). Not going to end well.

  48. 2009 September 28 8:16 pm
    justrand permalink

    rwy, the Polanski thing is waaaaay past outrageous. But good old Roman has always had the “Get Out Jail Free” card…he is ADORED by the Hollywood elite. What’s one child, more or less, to them.

    The Left only cares for people, especially children, in the abstract. Up close and personal they are merely objects for their pleasure. Polanski’s actions were, sadly, not too far off the Hollywood “reservation”.

  49. 2009 September 28 8:21 pm
    justrand permalink

    gnqanq, there is a rumor that in the 1973 war, Anwar Sadat suggested through back-channels to Golda Meir that the missiles provided to him by Russia could easily reach Tel Aviv! According to the story the response from Golda Meir was: “My missiles can reach Cairo…and they carry a MUCH bigger punch”. Sadat never fired a missile at Israel, even though he had them.

  50. 2009 September 28 8:25 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    justrand – I would believe it. If I remember right, Israel has had nukes since the late 1960’s. Israel has the ability to put up satellites which they have done several times, this means they can reach any where on the globe.

  51. 2009 September 28 8:37 pm

    Created creature of the Paki ISI in one form or another both while the soviets where there and after.

    Polanski thing is not big news to me, he’ll get what’s coming, but I don’t want to see any more news cycles or hours of Greta times sucked up by that jackass’s case. Got far more important things for the media to focus on atm in my opinion.

  52. 2009 September 28 8:37 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    This is for EPH ROVE: You are right, I think our buddy CHEK at HHR is a KOS PLANT!

    Here is what she posted today:

    ” guess I am not as upset about the individual mandate as others around here. Changes are, it will not affect my life. But it will affect the life of irresponsible people who pass off their medical bills to people like me. Let’s face it. As a society we have made a decision that we are not going to let people die or go untreated just because they decided not to purchase health insurance and instead opted to spend their money in other ways. So they get treated and when they can’t pay for the bill, we are forced to pick up the tab. That’s why I am not as upset as others here about making people buy insurance. Philosophically, I find the idea of mandates abhorrent. However, the pragmatist in me realizes that we either make these people buy the insurance or I will continue to pay their bills. I vote for the former.

    Comment by Chekote — September 28, 2009 ”

    These are weak left wing talking points! The whole “we pay the bills for the unisured” is BS – it happens but its a very very small problem, 1% of the total HC spending annually – a weak excuse for a governt takeover.

    Naturally, I had to slap her down hard:

    “Chek – I am really begining to think you are a KOS PLANT!

    You are not “upset” about an Individual Mandate because:

    “However, the pragmatist in me realizes that we either make these people buy the insurance or I will continue to pay their bills. I vote for the former.”

    You ape a WEAK LEFTIST talking point they use to push a health care takeover!

    Look educate yourself with real facts!

    (1) Uncompestated care you cite is 1% of total annual HC costs! This probelm is SOOO SMALL in the trillions being spent its laughable! So you want to turn our HC system over to the FED GOVT for 1% of the cost and less then 3% of the population who doesnt choose to buy HC insurance!

    Look at your Health Insurace Bill, fiqure out what 1% is – not much! And far, far, far less then how much the FED GOVT will drive up premium costs with bs regulation, fees and taxes!

    The 1% is a small cost to pay to keep my liberty, right to choose to purchase health insurance, and to KEEP THE FEDS out!

    (2) You presuppose ALL uninsured people dont PAY the BILL for their medical care! Again, FALSE! Most people do try to pay, up to 75%. Some people actually save and pay out of their saving or pocket. You fall for the typical arrogant thinking – that your neighbor IS not doing the right thinig when in fact most are. You would pay for your HC. Again, we want to take away rights based on false information and a small percentage of the population.

    You must not be reading or remembering my previous posts!

    The will push the defacto takeover with the Individual Mandate!

    This is a very dangerous period because Nationalization will still occur even without an overt government run insurance plan like this “public option” provision everyone keeps fixating on – Wyden/Bennett and the Bacus bill are prime examples of this.

    Here are the core elements what will be contained in the “health care reform compromise” after the so-called “public option” is in all likelihood dropped:

    (a) Federal Regulation aka HEALTH CZAR/DEATH PANELS
    (b) Employer/Individual Mandates aka NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
    (c) Government Subsidies aka MIDDLE CLASS MEDICAL WELFARE

    With the Federal Government setting the rules, forcing everyone to participate, and is paying the bills for most of the middle class through subsidies how is this anything other than Nationalization?

    Here is a great link from a CATO study by Michael Cannon about how the takeover will work without a public option or COOP:


    This covers it in detail….

    Please think rationally and dont accept the lefts lies and talking points!”

  53. 2009 September 28 8:41 pm

    “What makes no sense is Russia.”

    You really think Israel’s would fire nukes on Russia?

    Here I thought I had the tinfoil hat for the week. 😉

  54. 2009 September 28 8:43 pm

    Yeah Just saw that while getting caught up Coyote. Also ? is perturbed IP posts from time to time as well, poor ?, more reindeer games, what else is new. You will arrive in time at your own conclusion about ?.

  55. 2009 September 28 8:43 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Knighthawk – you bethca. If you are going down or thinking you are going down – what do you have to lose – nothing. Israel believes in 2 things – the Masada Complex and the Sampson Complex. Masada is they will not let it happen again. Sampson is if they are going down, they are going to take as many of their enemies with them. Russia is no friend to Israel.

  56. 2009 September 28 8:44 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Like I have said before, it’s fun checking out HHR now that Chekote has become a centerpiece. It’s always fun watching a train wreck when you are not part of it.

  57. 2009 September 28 8:47 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Wylie – nice slap down. When she that wont be named posted here, I usually ignored the whore. At Poli and here it was fairly obvious she was a big hairy troll. Same talking points, tried to pass as a moderate when the only issue she was opposed to was higher taxes and never allied with conservative points.

  58. 2009 September 28 8:49 pm

    The point is they are not going down, if they have to launch against Iran, there is no point in taking Russia with you and there by ensuring 100% self destruction where as a single successful hit from Iran is actually “sort of” survivable assuming it even make it though. I just don’t see a realistic situation where in launching at Iran, launching at simultaneously at Russia makes any sense what so ever.

  59. 2009 September 28 8:53 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    KnightHawk – I don’t think they will launch on Russia. Just making the point IF you think you are going down what do you do. One must have all options on the table and be ready to use if necessary.

  60. 2009 September 28 8:57 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Knighthawk – ya, I think ? is a straight up KOS PLANT.


    I heard EXACTLY the same line from liberal callers on Levin and Boortz radio show….

    And the same talking PT from Juan Williams on O’Riley on FOX….

    The left is using that as their counteroffense talking point to push people to support the MANDATE….

    An appeal to guilt (we dont want people dying in the streets, FALSE of course) and envy (We are paying their costs, YA all 1% of them! Far less then the premium and tax increase I will be getting from Obamacare)!

    Here is an AP article I found today:

    “People playing the odds on health care over costs”


    A leftist counteroffensive to ROB us of our rights as a free born citizen to make our own choices!

    These people are being rational with their money and the left wants to FORCE THEIR OPINION ON THEM!

  61. 2009 September 28 8:58 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    If we get into a situation where nukes are getting flinged at Russia then it’s pretty much over for everyone. Forget about ammo, time to start collecting sticks and stones for WW IV. No doubt the human race will go on, but we would enter a new dark age that would make medieval times look like a warm up.

  62. 2009 September 28 9:03 pm

    Oh yeah in general if I’m going down I’m taking as many deserving folks with me as possible, I just don’t see it coming to that, I think the Arrows and similar systems take out 80% of anything inbound and then the outbound response takes out Tehran, and about 10 other cities in Iran, not to mention untold numbers of other locations. Iran more or less ceases to exist and about 50% of Israel is uninhabilitable for decades if a payload does make it though, not to mention the resulting contamination where ever the taken out payload end up falling unexploded, probably Jordan.

  63. 2009 September 28 9:05 pm

    MPT – Real fun for the whole family! 😉

    Reminds me I tivo’d the history channel thing tonight on Washington getting hit with a nuke.

    Off to go watch.

  64. 2009 September 28 9:16 pm

    Iran more or less ceases to exist and about 50% of Israel is uninhabilitable for decades


    Nagasaki and hiroshima were rebuilt quite soon after, and were bustling cities in the 60’s last time I was there.Not to say it would be a desirable thing to have nukes go off, but the modern stuff is much less radioactive then the ww-2 types.

  65. 2009 September 28 9:17 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    KnightHawk…just don’t play Lech Kaczynski. Poor Poland, a flat space, with no defensible borders, sitting between Germany and Russia over the centuries. Of course, WE’D never abandon them… — JR

    NOW there is a country that has a justifiable need for developing nuclear deterrents. Imagine a mine field 50mi deep with ‘bouncing betties’ that pop 500′ in the air, each with a 10kiloton yield.

    The piece de’resistance? The winds blow easterly.

  66. 2009 September 28 9:21 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    KH, any speculation on the types and capabilities of the nukes that Iran could produce. I’m thinking Little Boy and Fat Boy type weapons in the 20K to 30K ton range. Certainly enough to take out Tel Aviv or any significant portion of Israel, it being such a small country. However, it would not render the area uninhabitable for decades as Hiroshima and Nagasaki were both populated and rebuilt fairly quickly after WWII. The early US weapons weighed in at 4 tonnes or so — that’s a LOT of weight to put on a short to intermediate range rocket. The electronics may be smaller today, but that is just a small part of the package. Could the Iranians do much better? Perhaps my speculation is wrong and weapons in the 100K to 500K ton range are within the Iranian capabilities.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that building a bomb that can be detonated under test conditions is one thing, it is quite another to build a complete delivery system. Lots to go wrong and if it’s a dud — and hell is coming back at you if you don’t take out command and control infrastructure.

  67. 2009 September 28 9:37 pm

    Let’s not forget this

  68. 2009 September 28 9:38 pm
    booshkindoggin permalink

    Polanski has griped my guts for years since I read the transcript of the hearing. Seems the genius filmmaker enticed a 13 year with promises of modeling and movie roles: drugged her, took nude photos, then over her protests performed oral sex, vaginal sex and upon discovering she wasn’t using any form of birth control, switched to sodomizing the adolescent. The victim’s mother, wanting to spare her daughter more trial trauma agreed to a lenient plea-bargain. Roman ultimately decided that didn’t work for him and took it on the lam. Now that he’s enjoyed over 3 decades of unsupervised “parole”, it’s high time he be returned to US prison where he can enjoy the same treatment he gave the girl.

  69. 2009 September 28 9:40 pm

    Oh no technology has come a long way, as have manufacturing processes and additives like tritium (but I’d be talking out my arse as too all the details) , I have little doubt they could produce 150kt -.5 megaton warheads, if they have the right stock and supplies (using Paki as a reference and help from russia) perhaps even a bit higher, now as for accuracy and reliability they probably have some time to go yet to perfect that part.

  70. 2009 September 28 9:40 pm

  71. 2009 September 28 9:42 pm

    Now that he’s enjoyed over 3 decades of unsupervised “parole”, it’s high time he be returned to US prison where he can enjoy the same treatment he gave the girl.

    May he spend his golden years in some pound em in the butt federal pen.

  72. 2009 September 28 9:58 pm

    “discovering she wasn’t using any form of birth control, switched to sodomizing the adolescent.”

    What a thoughtful guy. 😉

  73. 2009 September 28 10:01 pm

    “Imagine a mine field 50mi deep with ‘bouncing betties’ that pop 500′ in the air, each with a 10kiloton yield. ”

    Why not go the high tech route use those Scanner thing from the movie of the same name. Better be squawking that IFF right or little sally goes ka-boom 10kt style!

  74. 2009 September 28 10:02 pm

    If fact once the Pols prefect that have’em build us some mini versions for our or border enforcement.

  75. 2009 September 28 10:02 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    Hmmm. 150K to 500K tons is entry level these days? Sheesh.

  76. 2009 September 28 10:11 pm

    Well I know the paki’s have stuff in the 150+ range, or at least that’s what I read online, same for India for there missile launched systems. I imagine what ever iran is up too is probably better then Pakistan, since they have far more cash, and I doubt “sanctions” have done much of anything as to quality though they might have added some delays besides being a nuisance and a cash eater. I mean really don’t know my speculation is though they’ve taken the base paki tech and added there own improvements so yeah 100-500k likely in reach, though I doubt there first test will be larger then 25-30’ish.

    Still if I were the rest of the world I be more concerned about high altitude explosions (emp) then I would anything else.

  77. 2009 September 28 10:16 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    Obama is dammed thick-headed he actually believes we’re going to fall for this. He wants your children from the time they wake up in the morning, to the time they go to bed. Weekends too. He desires to house them, feed them, clothes them, medicate them. . . .

    There is a sickness with this man.

  78. 2009 September 28 10:17 pm
    conservativetony permalink

  79. 2009 September 28 11:00 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Hmmm. 150K to 500K tons is entry level these days? Sheesh. – MPT

    True but the Poles would not be adopting a MADD strategy like the US against the Russians. All they need is something that facilitates a battlefield denial on their Eastern border. Since they would popping off on their own soil they don’t want the yields too high.

  80. 2009 September 28 11:07 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Maybe a little drastic but if it works…..

    A little mind game I have been playing with recently about illegals is the cost angle. I keep seeing reports that say up to 30% of the federally housed perps are illegals. So what would Mexico’s reaction be if starting next year we sent bills for the incarceration of their nationals in our facilities? Might the cost of prevention (ie Mexico patrolling their own border) out weigh the cost of having to pay that bill?

  81. 2009 September 28 11:21 pm

    We should demand payment in OIL, send the left into a tizzy. 🙂

  82. 2009 September 28 11:22 pm

    omfg the people (one of our clients) in India have finally stopped emailing me (don’t they know it’s like 2am here?), finally I can get some rest.

  83. 2009 September 28 11:25 pm

    Many observers, however, have pointed out that the deposition of Zelaya was entirely legal under the Honduran Constitution, and that constitutional formalities were followed by both the National Congress and the Supreme Court of Honduras. Now, the Law Library of Congress’s Directorate of Legal Research has reviewed the legal issues under Honduran law and concluded that the deposition of Zelaya was entirely legal:

    As stated in the answer to question II(a), above, the Supreme Court, based on its constitutional powers, heard the case against Zelaya and applied the appropriate procedure mandated by the Code of Criminal Procedure. … Available sources indicate that the judicial and legislative branches applied constitutional and statutory law in the case against President Zelaya in a manner that was judged by the Honduran authorities from both branches of the government to be in accordance with the Honduran legal system.

    What was going on, of course, was that Zelaya was trying to set himself up as an anti-American dictator for life, along the lines of his heroes Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Why an American administration would want to lend support to such a usurpation of power is inexplicable, assuming that the administration is not itself anti-American.
    – Powerline Blog

    Rut roow…. is that a bus I see in the distance?

  84. 2009 September 28 11:30 pm

    Also from powerline….

    “Ms. Cheney’s resolute national security positions seem to differ not at all from those of her favorite vice president. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find any daylight at all between Liz’s and my father’s views,” said her younger sister, Mary Cheney. “It’s not because she’s been indoctrinated. It’s because he’s right.” ”

    damn straight

  85. 2009 September 29 1:30 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Here is some good news in the Health Care Media Battle, looks like word is getting out pretty strong on at least one talk show about the Individual Mandate scam:


    Like how he nailed Snowe’s filp-flop – its almost as if he was reading BJG!

  86. 2009 September 29 5:00 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Here is another video to brighten your day:


    the party of Stupid is starting to catch on too!

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